What challenges are presented when building one of the largest pulp mills in the world?

Suzano’s Cerrado pulp project in Mato Grosso do Sul state in mid-western Brazil is progressing well and on schedule to start-up in June 2024. The mill is truly a giant and will be the largest single line eucalyptus mill in the world, producing 2.55 million tons per year of pulp.

Season 2 / Episode #22


Mauricio Miranda, Director of Engineering, Suzano

Mauricio Miranda, Director of Engineering, Suzano

Joel Starepravo, Project Director, ANDRITZ

Joel Starepravo, Project Director, ANDRITZ


A project this size obviously involves some challenges, especially with the enormous size of the equipment being supplied. ANDRITZ was contracted to supply all the islands for the Cerrado project including wood processing plant with five chipping lines, the world largest fiberline, the complete pulp drying system, evaporation plant, HERB recovery boiler, biomass power boiler and white liquor plant with ANDRITZ gasification.

The mill will also be a leader when it comes to the installation of the latest environmentally friendly and efficient technologies; ANDRITZ has also supplied one of the first SulfoLoop sulfuric acid plants in addition to the latest automation and digital technology.

In this podcast we are delighted to talk to two leading professionals responsible for the Cerrado project, Joel Starepravo, Project Director, ANDRITZ and Mauricio Miranda, Suzano’s Director of Engineering.

Listen as our experts describe the challenges, reveal the solutions and highlight the teamwork involved as one of the industry’s largest ever projects is brought to life.


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